Turning Pointe School of Dance was founded in 1999 with two guiding principles: Christian faith development and dance excellence. Starting with twenty-three students in a church basement, the Turning Pointe ministry has grown to over four hundred dancers participating in the School of Dance due to God’s great provision.
Currently led by Executive Director Debra Burr, Turning Pointe has two locations – Holland and Hudsonville, and offers classes in pre-professional Classical Ballet, Pointe, and Contemporary as well as recreational classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre and Christian Hip Hop. The school produces two large-scale, ticketed ballets (10 performances) and two year-end Showcases annually. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry under the guidance of a Board of Directors, Turning Pointe’s 100% donation model allows all operating expenses to be covered by the School of Dance. This enables Turning Pointe to direct 100% of tax-deductible contributions toward: Need-Based Scholarships, Christian Outreach Performances, and Bible-Based Debt Reduction.
Turning Pointe has touched the lives of countless young men and women. Along with the lifelong health and self-esteem benefits of dance training, involvement in Turning Pointe’s Bible Study curriculum and faith-based performances have served to deepen the faith walk of their students. For some students Turning Pointe was the first, or only, place they learned about Jesus Christ.
Over the years, Turning Pointe’s graduating young women and men have secured positions as paid dancers in professional companies, have become artistic directors and dance teachers, and have used the discipline and time management skills gained through their dance training in the fields of Architecture, Education, Law, Mathematics, and Medicine. These young men and women have grown in their faith and learned to give testimony of God’s work in their lives by integrating their love for dance with their faith.